Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Updated on February 2, 2018
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I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie
Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie | Source

Quick, easy, impressive, and oh so good!

I should have called this "Gone to Heaven Pie" instead of "Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie." I just tasted it, and if I must say so myself, I have outdone myself with this creation.

There is a minimum of baking involved to make this outstanding pie. Only the crust is baked. The rest is no-bake and just chill.

This recipe combines the great taste of maple flavored walnut bits with the creaminess of a maple flavored cheesecake layer. The topping adds an extra bit of flavor and texture.

I will give you some special hints on how to decorate the top to make it look extra festive and special.

I Love the Flavor of Real Maple Syrup

Maple is not just a sweet to me, it's a comfort food. The aroma and taste bring back memories of warm pancakes at breakfast.

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This pie has the flavor of maple and the crunch of walnuts with a creamy maple flavor cream cheese layer.

I always use real maple syrup in the recipe, not the artificially flavored kind. I don't know how that would work. And, I use Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese as it has 1/3 less fat.

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 2 hours 20 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • ready made pie crust
  • 1 -1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar (divided in two)
  • 8 oz (227 gm) Neufchatel or Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz (277gm) frozen non-dairy whipped topping (defrosted)
  • 3 Tablespoons maple extract.

Instructions

  1. Place your ready made pie crust in your pie pan and set aside.
  2. Place chopped walnuts in a mixing bowl.
  3. Over medium heat, melt butter. When melted stir in maple syrup and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Pour this over the walnuts and stir.
  4. Put walnut mixture in the bottom of the pie crust and distribute evenly.
  5. Bake according to pie crust package instructions. Mine called for 9 to 11 minutes at 450 degrees. I baked it for about 10 minutes.
  6. When lightly brown, remove from the oven and let it cool thoroughly.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, add the cheese, whipped topping, maple extract and a 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat until the maple extract is evenly distributed and the mixture is smooth.
  8. Pour this into the cooled pie shell. Cover. Refrigerate.
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Maple Extract Sources

Maple extract may be hard to find. My supermarket discontinued carrying it. It used to be with the spices and vanilla and other extracts. Some of the brands contain alcohol which may not be acceptable for people with a sensitivity to alcohol.

Sometimes you can find it in health food super stores. The smaller health food stores tend to carry the more common extracts, but can probably order it for you.

Maple Extract

Maple Extract, 4 Ounce
Maple Extract, 4 Ounce

Maple extract is hard to come by in the supermarket, health food store or big box store. If you are unable to find it, I recommend Amazon as a source instead of driving from store to store.

Once you purchase it, you will see a little goes a long way. There are other foods you can add it to as well as the pie recipe above. Try a little in your coffee. Use it in vanilla yogurt or in plain yogurt to which you add your favorite sweetener. Add a few drops to coffee. You can add it to your chocolate or vanilla pudding. A little extra added flavor and something a little different.

 
Decorative Topping on Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie
Decorative Topping on Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie | Source

Decorative Topping

Here's how we finish off our pie and give it a finished professional look. This adds a little extra texture to the pie both visually and on the palate.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • Whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 2 drops maple extract

Instructions

  1. Put little puffs of whipped cream around the edge of the pie. Either used a purchased aerosol can or make your own whipped cream and put it in a pastry bag.
  2. Mix maple syrup and maple extract together. Drizzle over the top of the pie.

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Follow The Photos To Make The Recipe - Step-By-Step Instructions With Photos

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Place the ready made pie crust in a pie pan.Mix the melted butter, sugar and maple syrup mixture with the chopped nuts.Nut mixture -Spread the nut mixture evenly on the bottom of the pie. Bake according to pie crust instructions.Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly. About 20 minutesMix the cheese, whipped topping, 1/2 cup sugar and maple extract until smooth. Pour into cooled pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 hours.Put little puffs of whipped cream around the edges.Mix 1/8 cup maple syrup with 2 drops maple extract, and drizzle over pie.Last step.......yum.
Place the ready made pie crust in a pie pan.
Place the ready made pie crust in a pie pan. | Source
Mix the melted butter, sugar and maple syrup mixture with the chopped nuts.
Mix the melted butter, sugar and maple syrup mixture with the chopped nuts. | Source
Nut mixture -Spread the nut mixture evenly on the bottom of the pie. Bake according to pie crust instructions.
Nut mixture -Spread the nut mixture evenly on the bottom of the pie. Bake according to pie crust instructions. | Source
Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly. About 20 minutes
Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly. About 20 minutes | Source
Mix the cheese, whipped topping, 1/2 cup sugar and maple extract until smooth. Pour into cooled pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Mix the cheese, whipped topping, 1/2 cup sugar and maple extract until smooth. Pour into cooled pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 hours. | Source
Put little puffs of whipped cream around the edges.
Put little puffs of whipped cream around the edges. | Source
Mix 1/8 cup maple syrup with 2 drops maple extract, and drizzle over pie.
Mix 1/8 cup maple syrup with 2 drops maple extract, and drizzle over pie. | Source
Last step.......yum.
Last step.......yum. | Source

What is non-dairy whipped topping?

I was asked this question by someone outside the U.S.A. In the United States it is sold as brand name "Cool Whip" also under generic or store brands. Find it in the frozen food section of the supermarket. Usually near desserts and frozen berries.

It is made out of coconut and/or palm oils and when defrosted has the consistency of whipped cream.

You could substitute whipped cream, but the pie won't stay as stable. By the second day, it might separate and not look guest-worthy.

As always, if you have any questions about the recipes, leave a note. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Comments are always welcome too.

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        MarcellaCarlton 

        6 years ago

        Oh, I love maple flavored anything. I will try this recipe! Great lens.

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        maijame 

        6 years ago

        Oh my gosh, I have to try this! Maple is my favorite flavor.

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        bender2003 

        6 years ago

        It seems delicious if I ıı improve my skills for desert prep I ll try this recipe asap.

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        Christine Hulme 

        6 years ago from SE Kent, England

        Yummy- the temptation is too great- I'm going to have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

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        victoriuh 

        6 years ago

        It looks luscious!

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        AJ 

        6 years ago from Australia

        I don't have any questions - I think you have this absolutely down pat - thank you and Easter Blessings.

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        Lauriej1 

        6 years ago

        Yummy!!! This looks so good!!!

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        PeterStip 

        7 years ago

        mmm yummy, looks great.big like

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Oh, my goodness! After chocolate, maple and walnuts are my two favorite things. I'll definitely be making this for our huge annual Easter open house this year.

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        Ellen Gregory 

        7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        @Commandrix: That's what sisters are for!

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        Heidi 

        7 years ago from Benson, IL

        Looks delicious. I should show this to my sister, she loves pies like this. Of course, she'll probably blame me for blowing her diet, LOL.

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        futureme lm 

        7 years ago

        That looks mouthwatering. You are not helping my diet! Great stuff :-)

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I'll take a piece, please.

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        julieannbrady 

        7 years ago

        I like nuts [and sometimes I feel like a nut] and I love cream cheese ... this recipe sounds out of this world delicious!

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        JoshK47 

        7 years ago

        Sounds absolutely delicious to me! Thanks for sharing!

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        Ellen Gregory 

        7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        @SusannaDuffy: Alack, in the US we have all sorts of processed, genetically altered and unrecognizable food. Although, whipped topping is not the worse of them. It's basically whipped coconut oil.

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        Susanna Duffy 

        7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

        @LiteraryMind: Alas! Not in Australia

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        Ellen Gregory 

        7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        @SusannaDuffy: Here in the United States frozen whipped topping is sold under the brand name "Cool Whip". It's a non-dairy product that is in the frozen food section of the supermarket -- usually near the frozen pies. You could probably use whipped cream but it wouldn't be that stable if there were leftovers stored in the refrigerator.

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        Susanna Duffy 

        7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

        I'm going to search the shops near me to see if I can find maple extract. I don't know what frozen whipped topping is either, but I MUST make this incredible Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie!

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        Odille Rault 

        7 years ago from Gloucester

        This sounds absolutely fabulous! I can taste it just from looking at the photos and reading the recipe lol. I'm going to have to try making it! Blessed. :)

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        Heather Burns 

        7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        OMG, this sounds amazing! congrats on being on the Monsterboard too!

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